The countdown to matric final exams has officially begun.

MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal, Kwazi Mshengu, on Monday announced that there are just 100 days to go before National Senior Certificate Examinations for the Class of 2019.

He said they are hoping to encourage pupils and teaching staff to work even harder with the final preparations.

Mshengu said they expected all schools to have completed their syllabi by August 31.

“They will thereafter engage in revision work to ensure that all pupils are fully prepared for their examinations. After we have been able to continuously implement our Provincial Academic Improvement Plan we have set ourselves to achieve a minimum target of 80% in this year’s NSC performance,” he said.